Christina Hiegel

Trihydro

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am passionate about mentorship. As a manager at Trihydro, I have mentored several college students and young professionals, this is my most rewarding achievement. One of the many accomplishments that I’m proud of is being a catalyst for a mentoring program at Trihydro. I created and implemented the first mentoring program within Trihydro. This program is now a corporate best practice, offered company-wide. I wanted the individuals that I was mentoring to succeed, which is the reason this program was so important to me.

What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?

Over the next five years, I hope to continue to grow in my field and be able to continue to be a mentor to young professionals. I am most passionate about working with women entering science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. I believe that women should be supported and encouraged to be STEM leaders in Wyoming. My hope for the next five years is to find more opportunities in Laramie to encourage women to become STEM leaders.

What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?

Currently, since I am passionate about mentoring women to be STEM Leaders, I spend my volunteer time as a woman mentor for junior women engineers at the University of Wyoming, Trihydro, and through Million Women Mentors. At the University of Wyoming (UW), I have worked with engineering design classes and served as a senior design judge. I have also served on expert panels for the University of Wyoming chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and been a reviewer in resume workshops for the SWE and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). I am an active participant in STEM and SWE events, like the grade school Mint Mobile event and the annual SWE banquet.

What action or event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie? Or are you most proud of?

As a Laramie native, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to live and work in Laramie. I am a civil/environmental engineer, managing projects that include environmental assessment and cleanup across the state. I started Trihydro’s data quality group and becoming an industry leader in data validation and review. Our group reviews thousands of laboratory reports a year; serving as subject experts in legal cases involving environmental data. Our program is considered “best in class” by Fortune 500 companies and we are nationally recognized for our work quality and expertise. I have been an active member of the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC; a national data quality conference) since 2013. In 2014, I organized the Data Quality, Data Validation, and Data Management conference session attracting hundreds of attendees each year and host presentations and papers from prestigious government and private entities. I have also had the opportunity to better the Laramie community through Brownfield and orphan funded environmental assessment, clean-up, remediation, outreach, and education through redevelopment and assessment projects.

What excites you most about the future of Laramie?

I believe that Laramie is one of the most unique Cities in Wyoming. With the great people within Laramie and the community enrichment through the University of Wyoming, we have diverse educational opportunities and the ability to be involved in bettering our community. Through the State of Wyoming and University of Wyoming STEM initiatives, I look forward to Laramie becoming a STEM leader and providing opportunities for children in and around Wyoming to become active in STEM fields.

What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?

I believe that my success can be directly tied to having great mentors and a drive to succeed that I inherited from my parents. Starting at a young age, I worked at Mason Skiles law office, then worked as Ann Vicchy’s real estate assistant, eventually becoming the youngest real estate agent in Wyoming at the time. I worked at Fresh Flower Fantasy for my mom (Ruth Arthur) and on my parent’s ranch. I was heavily involved in 4-H, representing our state in Washington DC at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and winning national awards in baking and food safety. I worked with the University of Wyoming to develop a food and poison safety video that was shared nationwide. My parents encouraged my siblings and I to sing and volunteer at the Laramie Care Center, at Freedom has a Birthday, and we were active in volunteering around the community. I was also the Albany County Cowbell Queen and active volunteering and promoting agriculture in our community. Being active in my community at a young age helped me develop a list of mentors that I could use to help me succeed. I still hold the advice and lessons learned from each of these individuals and realize the time and care that they spent in mentoring me helped to get me where I am today.

What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?

Find a great mentor/mentors and a support system. Having someone to bounce ideas off of that will give you good advice, and will be honest with you, is important. My mentors and my husband are great at encouraging me or bringing me back to reality, when I need it. Also, remember not to get discouraged, it takes time to meet your goals, so give yourself time to meet them and remember that if you didn’t meet them today, try again tomorrow.

20 Under 40Jacob Chavez2017